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Childhood Obesity Declines In San Diego; Percentage Remains Alarming

Aired 11/9/11 on KPBS News.

A new report reveals the percentage of overweight or obese children fell by 3.7 percent over the last five years; but the percentage remains alarming.

— San Diego County may be turning the tide on childhood obesity. A new report reveals the percentage of overweight and obese kids fell between 2005 and 2010. Yet still more than one-third of them are seriously overweight.

The report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research tracks the change in childhood obesity in all 58 counties. San Diego County saw a 3.7 percent drop to 34.5 percent over the five-year period.

UCLA Senior Research Scientist Susan Babey said San Diego had the biggest decline in Southern California.

"It's definitely an encouraging sign that your rates in San Diego have gone down," Babey said. "But, the fact that more than a third of the kids in San Diego are still overweight or obese is definitely a cause for concern."

The situation is worse in neighboring Imperial County, where nearly 47 percent of children are either overweight or obese. That's the highest rate in California.

Statewide, 38 percent of children are overweight or obese. That rate is nearly three times higher than it was 30 years ago.

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smjaeger | November 10, 2011 at 8:25 a.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

This report is pleasant but there is no beef in the article. Bad pun, but where is the information about what happened to the rate, was it due to changes in methodology, was it due to childhood activities, was it due to removal of soda from the school? In other words this is a worthless report because none of the important parts are included. This is a feel good report without any usable information. Why could the reporter not have at LEAST reported the studies information, which by the way showed SD county obesity rate dropping 1.33% from 35.83%. There is nothing in the study showing any confidence levels nor standard deviations thus nothing to show if this was a P value of significance. More work needs to be done by reporters before simply mouthing "news".

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